Signed copies of Winter Counts: Signed copies of the novel will be available at several bookstores. Please visit The Poisoned Pen; others will be listed here later.
Indie Next List/Great Reads September selection: The American Booksellers Association has chosen WINTER COUNTS for its September list. “Weiden’s book is a thriller with an important social and political message. Following a Lakota ‘enforcer’ who enacts extrajudicial punishment to fill the gaps in the legal system, Winter Counts is a twisty new addition to the growing Indigenous literature canon.”
Amazon Best Books of August: Amazon lists WINTER COUNTS as one of the 12 best books of August, and states in the review: “Thought-provoking and suspenseful, uplifting and heartbreaking, moving and brutal, Winter Counts is a thriller that delivers so much more than the word thriller promises.”
Oprah: O, The Oprah Magazine recommends WINTER COUNTS as a best book of the season. “In his assured debut novel, David Heska Wanbli Weiden melds the gritty realism of Dashiell Hammett with the lyricism of Tommy Orange.”
Apple Books–Best Books of August: Apple Books selected WINTER COUNTS as one of the 19 best books of August, and the book is now available for pre-order from the Apple Books app. Their review notes, “We were instant fans of the tough but scrupulously ethical Virgil, who is well aware that he’s neither a good guy nor a bad guy. Weiden paints a vivid portrait of contemporary Lakota life, with all the pride and struggle that come with it. This striking background color makes Winter Counts and its slam-bang conclusion hit even harder.”
Lists: Salon mentions WINTER COUNTS as a “must-read” book. Time magazine lists WINTER COUNTS as a “best new book to read in August.” Observer lists the novel as one of “5 Most Anticipated Books” in August. Popsugar says WINTER COUNTS is “An Incredible New Book.” Debutiful and Vol. 1 Brooklyn include the novel in their August recommendations. Library Journal notes it as a “Summer/Fall Best Debut Novel.” Book Riot recommends WINTER COUNTS as one of 10 “Small-Town Thrillers to Read This Summer.” Caroline Leavitt in AARP magazine recommends the book as a “remarkably accomplished debut.” Mystery Tribune notes the novel as a best thriller of the month.
Interview: 5280 magazine interviews David about Native crime fiction and growing up in Denver.
“Fresh take on the crime thriller”: Shelf Awareness (July 30) gives a rave review of WINTER COUNTS: “The setting of Winter Counts offers an important and overlooked glimpse at the particular challenges faced by Native Americans, especially concerning crime and justice. . . Tightly paced, compelling, realistic and deeply felt, Winter Counts offers a fresh take on the crime thriller.”
Hot book of the summer: The Washington Post includes WINTER COUNTS as one of “Ten books to read in August.” Shondaland mentions WINTER COUNTS as one of the 15 hottest books of the summer. Dandelion Chandelier lists the novel as a “best new summer thriller.” CrimeReads says that WINTER COUNTS is a “Novel You Should Read This August.”
Major Crimes Act essay: The New York Times publishes David’s essay on criminal justice in Indian Country.
Writers to Watch: Publishers Weekly lists David as a “Writer to Watch” in Fall 2020.
Interview: Westword magazine interviews David about WINTER COUNTS, growing up in Denver, and which people–living or dead–he’d invite to a dinner party.
Lists: Book Marks includes WINTER COUNTS in the list of “Most Anticipated Books by Indigenous Authors.” They say that WINTER COUNTS is “a character-driven story about the meaning of justice in a colonialist country.” Electric Lit includes the novel in their list of “Most Anticipated Debuts for the Second Half of 2020.” Betches includes WINTER COUNTS on their “Summer Reading List.”
Buzzfeed’s list of summer thrillers: Buzzfeed includes WINTER COUNTS in the list of “new thrillers you need to add to your summer reading list.”
Starred, boxed review from Publishers Weekly, June 29 issue: “Weiden combines funny, complex, and unforgettable characters with strong, poetic prose… This is crime fiction at its best.”
USA Today: USA Today mentions WINTER COUNTS as a “new book you won’t want to miss.”
The Rumpus list of most anticipated books: The Rumpus includes WINTER COUNTS as one of the most anticipated books for the second half of 2020.
Rave review from Library Journal, June 1 issue: “Weiden’s series launch sheds much-needed light on the legal and societal barriers facing Native Americans while also delivering a suspenseful thriller that builds to a bloody climax. A worthy addition to the burgeoning canon of indigenous literature.”
Buzzfeed’s best books of the summer: Buzzfeed includes WINTER COUNTS in the list of books “You Won’t Be Able to Put Down” for summer 2020. “It’s an absolutely riveting page-turner, compelling not only for the mystery at its core, but also for its piercing criticism of US (mis)treatment of Native populations.”
Most anticipated crime books: CrimeReads includes WINTER COUNTS as a most-anticipated book of summer 2020 and notes that it’s “one of 2020’s most exciting debut novels. . .”
Great review from Read or Dead podcast: Episode 78, “The Quarantine Doldrums,” of the crime fiction book review podcast features a rave review of WINTER COUNTS, starting at minute 45:00.
Brad Meltzer recommends WINTER COUNTS as one of the top thrillers of the year in Parade magazine.
Rave review of WINTER COUNTS from BOOKLIST:
A “revelatory debut crime novel propelled by vital and affecting Native American characters facing the endless repercussions of the genocidal past, ongoing racism and injustice, and cruel betrayals within their besieged community. Suspenseful, gritty, gruffly endearing, and resonant . . . ”
SPOTTED TAIL reviewed in The Roundup: “Not only is Spotted Tail well researched and informative, this powerful book is visually bold and engaging . . . Highly recommended for all ages.”
SPOTTED TAIL wins Spur Award from Western Writers of America.
AWP Mentor: David serves as Mentor for indigenous writers through Association of Writers & Writing Programs.
Interview with Cynthia Leitich Smith:
Native Voice: David Heska Wanbli Weiden on Writing Inclusive Books For Kids
SPOTTED TAIL named as a finalist in Juvenile Literature for the Colorado Book Awards.
Publishers Weekly lists WINTER COUNTS as one of the top debut mystery and thrillers of the year.
Book Riot names WINTER COUNTS as one of the must-read thrillers of the year.
Podcast: Interview with David at the 2020 Public Library Association conference in Nashville.
New essay, “How Much Indian are You,” shortlisted for Briarpatch Magazine Writing in the Margins contest.
Crime Reads lists WINTER COUNTS as a new series to watch for.
New nonfiction essay, “Carlisle Longings,” published in Shenandoah magazine: read it here.
Interview with David on Colorado Public Radio about WINTER COUNTS:
“David Heska Wanbli Weiden of Denver delves into barriers to justice for Native Americans in his upcoming novel Winter Counts.” Listen here.
Library Journal lists WINTER COUNTS as one of the most anticipated books of 2020.
Tin House Scholars: Tin House Summer Workshop names David as a 2019 Scholar.
French publication: WINTER COUNTS and WOUNDED HORSE to be published in France by Gallmeister Editions.
PEN America Writing for Justice Fellowship: David named as one of the inaugural Fellows.
PEN Ten interview: PEN America interviews Writing for Justice Fellows.
MacDowell Colony Fellow: David awarded 2018 summer fellowship at the MacDowell Colony.